Technically, beer is an alcoholic beverage, a product of fermentation and brewing of cereals, and flavoured with hops. But put simply, it is among the most widely-consumed beverages across the country. The International Beer Day is celebrated on the first Friday of August and as you open a can or a bottle, it would be a good time to also look at some rarely known facts about beer.

Nomenclature

The word “Beer” originated from Latin infinitive bibere, which means ‘to drink’. Some experts also believe that “beer” comes from the Proto-Germanic word beuwoz, which is derived from beuwo meaning barley.

History

The process of brewing beer dates back to approximately 3,500 to 2,900 B.C. Chemical residues as evidence were found in ancient Iran.

Largest Producer

Anheuser-Busch InBev, a Belgian corporation is the largest beer producer in the world. The company owns approximately 400 beer brands in 50 countries. 

Beer study, wait what?

The study of beer is known as Zythology. It involves analysing the ingredients of the beer and their effect on the brewing process, the knowledge of beer styles and history, and the applications of beer pairings

Classification

Beers are classified based on their colour, flavour, strength, ingredients and method of production. There are hundreds of varieties of beer. The common types are ale, porter, lager, stout, wheat, and pilsner. Lager is the most widely consumed beer and constitutes about 80% of the world consumption.

Fighting cancer

Stout is a unique beer whose overwhelming roasted flavour mainly comes from roasted barley. Stout stands out compared to other types of beer as it is associated with fighting cancer. Consuming stout along with meals helps the body fight against free radicals, which occurs when the body starts to metabolise food.

Beer and advantages

Drinking beer can reduce the risk of kidney stones. It can also lower the risk of coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and type 2 diabetes. It can increase good cholesterol in the body and can protect the body from radiation. Small consumption of beer can reduce the risk of ulcers.

Beer and disadvantage

Excessive consumption of beer can increase heartburn. It can also lead to dehydration and addiction. Side effects like flushing, blackouts, seizures, trouble breathing, low blood sugar, irregular heartbeat, hypothermia etc. can occur.

World’s strongest beer

Snake Venom is considered to be the strongest beer in the world. With a strength of 67.5%, it was created by the Scottish brewery Brewmeister in 2017.

World’s most expensive beer

Allsopp’s Arctic Ale, retailing for $503,300, is considered to be the most expensive beer to date. The beer was first brewed in 1875 for an Antarctic expedition. It is not for consumption anymore due to the long steeping period.

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